Higher IQ linked to vegetarians

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By Alexander Carpenter

According to a study cited by BBC News, "Intelligent children are more likely to become vegetarians later in life."

A Southampton University team found those who were vegetarian by 30 had recorded five IQ points more on average at the age of 10. . . .Researchers said it could explain why people with higher IQ were healthier as a vegetarian diet was linked to lower heart disease and obesity rates. . . .Men who were vegetarian had an IQ score of 106, compared with 101 for non-vegetarians; while female vegetarians averaged 104, compared with 99 for non-vegetarians.

The study of 8,179 was reported in the British Medical Journal.

I'm not sure what all this means, but it can't be bad to be vegetarian.

"We've always known that vegetarianism is an intelligent, compassionate choice benefiting animals, people and the environment," says Liz O'Neill of the Vegetarian Society.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4306